2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Two years after unveiling the E-Type — built between 1961 and 1975, and known as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever designed — the folks at Jaguar rolled out a lighter version of the model specifically developed for racing . Dubbed E-Type Lightweight, it featured an all-aluminum body and engine block, and had most of its interior trim removed, making it 250 pounds lighter than the standard E-Type. Only 12 units of this track-purpose vehicles were built, although Jaguar’s initial plan was to conceive 18 of them. Believe it or not, the Brits have just decided to make use of the remaining designated chassis numbers and construct six more Lightweight E-Types exactly 50 years after the final original example left the factory.

The mission of recreating these race cars to their original specifications based on already designated chassis numbers had fallen into the hands of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations , the same performance arm that developed the F-Type Project 7 and the Range Rover Sport SVR . An authentic blast from the past, the Lightweight E-Type comes with everything the classic racer had to offer, including an aluminum-block, straight-six engine and a stripped out interior. And if you think the "new" Lightweight E-Type is nothing more than a museum piece, you’d better think again. The sports cars have been built to FIA’s homologation requirements for historic racing, meaning we should be seeing them in action during events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed .

Update 8/12/2014: Just as suspected after Jaguar Land Rover revealed the Range Rover SVR ahead of its Pebble Beach debut, JLR has chosen to also reveal the much-anticipated "New" Lightweight E-Type prototype — dubbed "Car Zero" ahead of its Pebble Beach debut. Check out all of the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

Exterior

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Built to the same specifications used in 1963, the "new" Lightweight E-Type is identical to the original race car

Built to the same specifications used in 1963, the "new" Lightweight E-Type is identical to the original race car. Each and every detail has been replicated accordingly, including the riveted and welded aluminum construction. That’s right, although today’s technology would have enabled Jag to build a body shell out of high-strength aluminum alloys, using modern techniques, the Brits decided not to do so. The reasoning is quite simple, as a Lightweight E-Type wouldn’t have been a true-blue E-Type without its visible rivets and bonded structures.

What’s more, changing the construction process would’ve meant the vehicles would have not conformed to the FIA’s homologation requirements for historic racing. Since these cars are sold as period competition vehicles, all specifications had to remain authentic, as developed in the early 1960s. Thus the entire body is made of aluminum, including the doors, hood, trunklid and even the hard-top. The vehicle’s gorgeous, sculpted lines have remained true to the original, including details such as the 21-louver bonnet air inlets, the aluminum, quick-release fuel cap, and the release handles for the long engine hood.

Each of the six vehicles is hand-built by highly skilled craftsmen at the company’s facility at Browns Lane with help from Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Although Jag remained faithful to the Lightweight’s classic building technique, the body shell was crafted using state-of-the-art scanning technology and digital mapping. About 75 percent of the body panels were made in-house, with the remainder of the structure being supplied by external specialists based on Jaguar’s own tooling.

Although the prototype pictures here is finished in Silver Metallic, customers can opt between six heritage colors offered by the Brits. The Lightweight E-Type palette includes Carmine Red, Opalescent Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic, Opalescent Blue Metallic, and the iconic Old English White and British Racing Green. However, buyers also have access to various color and trims alternatives.

Length175.3in (4,453mm)
Width66.9in (1,700mm)
Height46.5in (1,181mm)
Weight2204.6lbs (1,000kg)
Wheelbase96.1in (2,440mm)
Front Track50.0in (1,270mm)
Rear Track55.0in (1,397mm)

Interior

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

The cabin comes with aluminum bucket seats with padded cushions and five-point seat belts, aluminum gear knob and hand brake, and machined metal toggle and push button starter

Although much of the prototype’s interior has been left unpainted to emphasize the car’s aluminum bodywork, the cockpit’s resemblance to the original Lightweight E-Type’s is more than obvious. Essentially a stripped out standard E-Type fitted with various race-spec parts, the cabin comes with aluminum bucket seats with padded cushions and five-point seat belts, aluminum gear knob and hand brake, and machined metal toggle and push button starter.

The three-spoke, wood-rimmed steering wheel is borrowed from the road-going car, as is the black instrument panel with standard glove box. The regular glass house has been replaced with a clear laminated windshield and perspex side windows and rear screen. Just like the original car, the "new" Lightweight E-Types come with a fire extinguisher mounted in front of the passenger seat and a black, power-coated roll cage built to FIA standards for historic motorsport purposes.

Drivetrain

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

To make these six remaining E-Types as similar to the original as possible, Jaguar actually manufactured six new six-cylinder XK engines that mirror the original powerplants

To make these six remaining E-Types as similar to the original as possible, Jaguar actually manufactured six new six-cylinder XK engines that mirror the original powerplants. These 3,868-cc, straight-six engines feature an aluminum block, a "wide angle" cylinder head and a dry-sump oiling system. Customers have the choice of going with a trio of Weber Weber 45DCO3 carburetors or Lucas mechanical fuel injectors. The carbs are the standard setup, whereas the fuel injectors are an at-cost option. This prototype features the mechanical fuel injectors.

Regardless of the fuel-delivery system, the "new" Lightweight E-Types and this prototype deliver 340 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of twist at 4,500 revs. A lightweight flywheel links this retro engine to a single-plate clutch that transfers the power through a close-ratio, four-speed transmission before delivering the goods to the rear wheels through a limited-slip Powr-Lok rear diff. There are various final drive ratios available, but the standard setup is a 3.31-to-1 ratio.

Suspension and Braking

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

The suspension setup is a twin-wishbone up front and an independent, wide-based wishbone out back that was specific to racing in the E-Type’s racing era. The braking duties are carried out by 12.25-inch rotors up front, 11.25-inch rotors out back, and the 15-inch wheels are seven inches wide up front and eight inches wide out back.

Prices

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but Jaguar says the six units of the "new" Lightweight E-Type will be sold to established Jaguar collectors that already own historic race cars wearing the company’s logo. There’s no word as to how they will be selected.

Competitors

Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

Although automakers such as Caterham and Morgan are known for building vehicles that still resemble their vintage ancestors, none of these companies benefit from Jaguar’s rich racing heritage. Thus none of these companies have any race-spec vehicle linked to a similar, historic achievement in their lineup, basically leaving us with no real competitor for this section.

However, E-Type enthusiasts that can’t afford or gain access to a brand-new Lightweight coupe can take it to Eagle, a small British venture that’s been busy building and selling E-Type tribute cars. Weighing only 2,200 pounds, Eagle’s Lightweight Speedster bears a close resemblance to the original car, while packing modern technology and a more powerful engine.

The unit of choice is an aluminum, 4.7-liter, inline six that generates 310 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. That’s nearly 50 ponies more than the original E-Type, who would later lose some its output due to emission regulations. The powerplant is mated to an aluminum five-speed gearbox, allowing it to push the roadster from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds, as quick as a modern XKR .

Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar E-Type
Jaguar E-Type
Jaguar E-Type

Conclusion

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Following the introduction of the F-Type Project 7 and the Range Rover Sport SVR, Jaguar’s newly founded Special Vehicle Operations division has embarked on its most ambitious project yet. It may seem like building an old vehicle to dated standards is easy, but it’s not. Mainly because we’re talking about a race car that needs to come alive in its original shape and pass a number of tests with FIA. Although less than a year old, JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division has matured into a full-time, high-performance arm, developing not only beefed-up versions of existing vehicles, but building continuation cars too. SVO is already unique.

As for the "new" Lightweight E-Type itself, also a premiere in the industry as far as using 50-year-old designated chassis numbers, it’s a clever way of making use of one’s racing heritage. All we can hope is these expensive, race-bred beauties hit the track and don’t spend their entire life in collectors’ garages.

LOVE IT
  • Revives an iconic race car
  • Built to original specifications
  • Eligible for historic racing
  • Still gorgeous
LEAVE IT
  • Sold only to carefully selected Jaguar collectors
  • Very, very expensive
  • Not suitable for everyday use

Press Release #2

Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Reveals ’New’ Lightweight E-type

  • Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations has unveiled its ’new’ Lightweight E-type - hand-built by highly skilled Jaguar craftsmen in a new facility at Browns Lane
  • The new Lightweight E-type is the first recreation to come from Jaguar Heritage, which operates within the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division
  • Just six customer Lightweight E-types will be built - each assigned one of the remaining chassis numbers originally allocated in 1963 to the intended 18-car ’Special GT E-type’ project, of which just 12 were built
  • The new Jaguar Heritage customer workshop facility at Browns Lane is now open to offer Jaguar warrantied servicing and restoration of classic Jaguar models
  • In recreating the Lightweight, Jaguar Heritage has drawn on Jaguar’s unique engineering and design resources, including the company’s world-leading aluminium body technology
  • The specification includes an aluminium bodyshell with doors, trunklid, hardtop and bonnet also in aluminium, and is assembled to exacting standards
  • The six-cylinder XK engine mirrors the original power units, with an aluminium block, ’wide angle’ aluminium cylinder head and dry sump lubrication
  • The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes
  • Only 12 of the original Lightweight E-types were built, all but one leaving Jaguar’s Browns Lane competitions department in 1963 (the last car was delivered in 1964)
  • A prototype Lightweight - ’Car Zero’ - has been completed and, on 14 August, will be revealed at the opening reception to the Pebble Beach Automotive weekend, the world’s most prestigious classic car event

"Special Operations’ remit is to indulge our most discerning and enthusiastic customers’ passion for our cars - including those from our past. This is why our Jaguar Heritage division exists, and why the new Lightweight E-type is such an incredibly exciting project.

"The E-type is an iconic car, and the Lightweight E-type the most desirable of all. To be able to complete the intended production run of 18, some 50 years after the last Lightweight was completed, was an opportunity we couldn’t miss."

John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations

SUMMARY

Jaguar has revealed the prototype of its ’new’ Lightweight E-type - a further six of which will be built and sold.
Jaguar announced in May 2014 that it would recreate six new Lightweights, each built by Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division.

Each of the six cars will be built to a specification originated from the last Lightweight E-type produced in 1964 and will be hand-crafted at the original home of the E-type, Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England. The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.

The new cars are the ’missing’ six vehicles from the ’Special GT E-type’ project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 cars. Only 12 of the aluminium-bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built and the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. The six new cars will carry those original, historic Lightweight E-type chassis numbers.

A race winner in the hands of a variety of famous drivers during its short competitive career, the car has achieved worldwide fame and original examples are now valued in the many millions. In recreating the Lightweight E-type, Jaguar Heritage has been able to call on the superlative skills and experience of many talented engineers and technicians already working in a variety of departments within Jaguar.

All, when offered the chance to assist with this unique project, leapt at the opportunity. Some even have an indirect link with the E-type when it was new: one master technician calculated that his family - including his grandparents, his father and his uncle - had a collective 170 years’ service at Jaguar stretching back to the early 1960s.

The expertise and attention brought to bear on this recreation project is staggering, with the full resources of Jaguar being applied to ensure that the six new Lightweights will not only be authentic, but will also be built to the highest quality standards.

So the six chosen customers will each receive the rarest of things - a brand new Lightweight E-type, hand-built at Browns Lane and just as desirable as one of the originals.

"Operating from a brand new workshop at Browns Lane - now open for the restoration and servicing of customer cars - the building of six new, meticulously crafted Lightweight E-type period competition cars by Jaguar Heritage is testament to the unique skills within the team. To know those same skills can also be utilised to the benefit of existing classic Jaguar owners means this is a very exciting time for Jaguar Heritage."
Derek Weale, Director, Jaguar Heritage Business

THE LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE PROJECT IN DETAIL

Engineering

The bodyshell

The core component of the Lightweight E-type is its aluminium bodyshell. This material replaced the steel of the production E-type in the quest to shed weight - some 250lb (114kg) were saved compared with the standard car.

Despite the 50-year gap, the aluminium build of the six new Lightweights gives them an immediate affinity with the current Jaguar range, the F-TYPE and XJ models being built to exacting standards with aluminium bodies for exactly the same reason. In fact, Jaguar is now the world’s leading manufacturer of aluminium-bodied cars and the company has unrivalled experience in the relatively new field of applying aluminium technology to volume production cars.
So when tasked with the job of recreating the Lightweight E-type’s aluminium body, today’s Jaguar engineers could relate at once to what their predecessors had achieved 50 years before. However, despite the enormous advances in technology since the early 1960s, the decision was taken not to incorporate modern materials or fixing methods. While high-strength aluminium alloys and bonded structures would have been invisible, they would not have been true to the original design - and nor would they have conformed to the FIA’s homologation requirements for historic racing.

Instead, today’s advanced technology was deployed to ensure the highest quality and most faithful rendition of the Lightweight E-type’s open two-seater body components. Using state-of-the-art scanning technology, the inner and outer surfaces of a Lightweight bodyshell were digitally mapped.
The resulting massively detailed scan, which recorded dimensions and shape down to a fraction of a millimetre, was then assessed by Jaguar’s technicians to validate how the body was assembled back in the 1960s, how consistent the structure was side-to-side, and how it could be engineered today to produce the highest quality result for the Lightweight E-type project.

As this digital capturing process gave Jaguar’s engineers complete control over the Lightweight E-type body’s 230 individual components, their shapes could then be optimised before the data was sent to the tool room at Jaguar’s Whitley engineering centre. Even panels which are unseen within the structure have been faithfully reproduced. To ensure absolute symmetry, one side of the scanned body was used as the datum, this being ’flipped’ to produce an identical condition on the opposite side.

Additionally, before being signed-off, the outer ’A-surface’ CAD scan was transferred to Jaguar’s design department where the surface geometry was finalised. All this work ensured that the tooling from which the majority of the new body parts are produced is as accurate as possible.

Approximately 75 per cent of the panels are made in-house at Whitley, just a few very large pressings being supplied by external specialists using Jaguar-designed tooling. The grades of aluminium used for both the under-structure and surface panels are almost identical in mechanical properties to those used for the original 1963 Lightweight E-types. The body is completed to original Lightweight E-type Chassis no. 12 condition, by which time Jaguar had added some additional strengthening in key areas of the shell. The aluminium body is then completed by the addition of an aluminium bonnet, doors and trunk lid. As with the original cars, an aluminium hard top is standard.

The development of the body-in-white tooling was undertaken by the same department that builds all Jaguar Land Rover prototype vehicles, so the expertise applied to the project was world-class. The build process and assembly procedures were initially proved out on Car Zero; this is effectively an engineering prototype and will not carry one of the six Lightweight chassis numbers.

For the Lightweight E-type project, Jaguar’s engineers created a ’grey book’ of the type used during the development of new production Jaguars. This internal document sets out the required quality standards in terms of bodyshell fit-and-finish and ensures a consistency of build quality for all six new Lightweight E-types.

A roll-over cage is fitted as standard, and the body includes mounting points for a detachable front extension which is available as an extra. The cars are built in a form suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes (see full specification).

The engine and drivetrain

The Lightweight E-type was powered by a highly developed version of Jaguar’s straight-six XK engine which, with its chain-driven twin overhead camshafts and aluminium head with hemispherical combustion chambers, remained highly advanced in 1963 even though it had first been seen in the XK 120 as far back as 1948.

It was this engine that had powered the C- and D-types to five Le Mans victories in the 1950s, and the unit developed for the Lightweight E-type is based on the 3,868cc (236 cu in) engine which, in the D-type, had won Le Mans in 1957. A similar big valve ’wide angle’ cylinder head is used, but in place of the D-type’s cast iron block, Jaguar introduced an aluminium block for the Lightweight E-type which substantially reduced the amount of weight over the front wheels. This also features in the present-day car, with pressed-in steel liners.

Another major feature transferred from the D-type is the dry sump lubrication system. This uses a scavenge pump to collect oil from the sump and return it to a separate oil tank in the underbonnet area. This eliminates oil surge during fast cornering and consequent risk of damage to the engine’s bearings, and also allows a greater quantity of oil to be carried.

The compression ratio is 10:1 and today’s car is supplied with three 45DCO3 Weber carburettors. These were homologated by Jaguar for the Lightweight E-type in addition to a Lucas mechanical fuel injection system - which is being offered to customers as a cost-option (and which is fitted to Car Zero). The exhaust manifold is a steel fabrication and leads the exhaust gasses into twin pipes which take them through a centre silencer box to the rear of the car, where the exhaust system ends in twin polished tail pipes.

Whether carburettors or fuel injection is specified, brake horsepower is well over 300, and with torque in the region of 280lb ft at 4500 rpm, the car is endowed with rapid acceleration from comparatively low engine revs - a traditional feature of Jaguar racing engines.

A 12 volt negative earth electrical system is used, and the engine benefits from a modern inertia-type starter motor. The water and oil radiators are in aluminium alloy, there is an aluminium expansion tank for the coolant, and the fuel tank is mesh-filled for safety.

The power is transferred to the road via a lightweight, low inertia flywheel, a single-plate clutch and a Jaguar close-ratio, manual four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox as used by the Lightweight E-type in period. A variety of final drive ratios are available, all with the Powr-Lok limited-slip differential, but a 3.31:1 ratio is supplied as standard.

Suspension, steering and brakes

The twin wishbone front suspension and independent wide-based wishbone rear suspension (where the drive-shaft serves as the upper link) are set-up according to period racing practice, with uprated shock absorbers controlling the torsion bar springs (front) and the four coil springs (rear).
The steering is the excellent standard E-type rack-and-pinion, with a traditional wood-rim wheel for the driver. Larger (12.25in) brake discs are fitted at the front, with the rear brakes being standard E-type. No servo is fitted.

The 15in diameter wheels are period type in the correct ’perforated’ style, and like the originals are cast in magnesium alloy. Rim width is 7in front, 8in rear. Dunlop racing tyres are fitted, 6.00 section front, 6.50 section rear, both in CR65 compound.

Final assembly

The monocoque bodyshell is built at Whitley where it is mated to its tubular engine sub-frame - which is stiffened with gussets as for the original Lightweight - and then shipped to Jaguar’s Gaydon facility for painting. From there it is then taken to Jaguar Heritage at Browns Lane where the car is built up with powertrain, suspension, brakes, steering, electrical items, instrument panel and soft trim.

This process takes place in a dedicated area close to where the original Lightweight E-types were assembled in 1963/64, and the work is undertaken by highly skilled technicians used to assembling extremely complex JLR prototypes.

It is at this stage that personal consultation with the customer dictates the final specification for each individual car - no two of which are expected to be identical.

Car Zero underwent a 15-day shake-down period at Jaguar Land Rover’s test facility at Gaydon to prove out the car’s dynamics and establish optimum suspension settings. This involved Mike Cross, Jaguar’s Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity. Jaguar’s engineers even established a ’design verification plan’ for the car, just as they would do for an entirely new model. Each of the six new Lightweights will go through shake-down tests to ensure that they meet the required standards in terms of braking, handling and steering.

"In our contemporary Jaguar sports cars our aim is always to achieve an immediacy of response to all driver inputs - and the goal with Lightweight E-type was the same. For me, its response to steering, brake and throttle inputs - along with the terrific noise it creates - is what makes it such an engaging machine from the driver’s seat."

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

Design

Jaguar’s Advanced Design Studio has been involved in the project from an early stage, charged with arriving at the appropriate level of trim for the new car, together with selecting the materials used and the nature and colour of finishes.

"With the Lightweight E-type, our focus as a design team has been to ensure justice was done to the original work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer. Meticulous attention to detail has been everything to us in re-creating this car, just as it is in our contemporary Jaguars. I believe the result is a new Lightweight E-type that is as stunning now as the originals would have been when they were new."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

Connolly leather is used, supplied by Jonathan Connolly with hides produced to the same specification as those used by Jaguar in the 1960s. This leather is used to trim the competition-type aluminium bucket seat base. The centre console covering is also leather, and there is a choice of seven trim colours.
As befits a thoroughbred GT car where weight saving in all areas is demanded, interior trim is minimal. However, the customer can opt for a more fully-trimmed car and the Jaguar team can devise bespoke trim packages. This may include door cards, headliner for the hardtop, removable custom saddle-leather floor mats, and a cover for the transmission tunnel.

Much of Car Zero’s interior - floorpan, sills, rear areas - have intentionally been left unpainted, to emphasise the car’s aluminium bodywork.
The studio has also selected a palette of six ’heritage’ paint colours recommended for the exterior: Carmine red, opalescent grey metallic, silver metallic, opalescent blue metallic, British racing green, Old English white. However, various colour and trim alternatives are available, as each car is built to the personal specification of each individual customer, who can discuss options with Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum, in person.

In celebration of the new Lightweight E-types, Jaguar has also furthered its relationship with the Bremont Watch Company. Bremont will create six bespoke
’E-type’ watches, each of which will be offered to customers of the six new Lightweight E-types. To read the full Jaguar and Bremont release, see: media.jaguar.com

LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE SPECIFICATION*

Engine System
Engine: Aluminium six-cylinder block, wide-angle cylinder head, dry sump lubrication, lightweight low-inertia flywheel
Displacement: 236.0 cu in (3,868cc)
Bore/Stroke: 3.46in/4.17in (88.0mm/106.0mm)
Valvetrain: 2 valves per cylinder, DOHC
Compression ratio: 10:1
Carburettors: Triple 45DCO3 Weber
Injection (optional): Lucas mechanical, 6.25in (158.7mm) butterfly trumpets
Crankshaft: Steel with steel H-section con rods
Power: 340hp/253.5kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 280lbs ft/380Nm @ 4500rpm
Fuel tank: Mesh-filled 14-gallon (64-litre) capacity
Fuel pump: Standard E-type
Transmission and Driveline
Transmission: Jaguar 4-speed all-synchro close-ratio gearbox
Final drive casing: Cast iron, Powr-Lok limited slip differential, axle ratio 3.31:1
Gearbox oil: Castrol
Clutch: Single dry plate

Suspension and Steering
Front: Double wishbone, LWE torsion bars, uprated anti-roll bar
Rear: Jaguar independent rear suspension lower wishbones/driveshaft links, radius arms, anti-roll bar (C/O Standard E-type rear springs with uprated damper assemblies)
Steering: Standard E-type rack-and-pinion, adjustable steering column
Brakes
Brake discs (front): 12in Dia (305mm)
Brake discs (rear): 11.25in Dia (286mm)
Handbrake: Production E-type
Wheels and Tyres
Magnesium disc
wheels: Front: 15in x 7.0J, Rear 15in x 8.0J
Tyres: Dunlop (Front - 6.00L15 CR65, Rear - 6.50L15 CR65)
Electrical
Battery: 12v - 62 amp / hour
System: 12v negative-earth
Lighting: Tungsten headlamps and standard rear tail-lamps
Ignition: Electronic
Instruments: Smiths Industries
Generator: Production E-type
Starter: Production E-type
Control Box: Production E-type
Wiper motor
and blades: Production E-type
Exhaust and Cooling
Exhaust: Fabricated steel manifold, steel exhaust system with centre silencer box and twin polished tail pipes
Cooling: Aluminium E-type radiator, aluminium expansion header tank, engine oil cooler, oil sump tank
Overview
Length: 175.3in (4,453mm)
Width: 66.9in (1,700mm)
Height: 46.5in (1,181mm)
Weight: 2204.6lbs (1,000kg)
Wheelbase: 96.1in (2,440mm)
Front Track: 50.0in (1,270mm)
Rear Track: 55.0in (1,397mm)
BODY TRIM & HARDWARE
Body in white & closures
Aluminium monocoque with stiffened front sub-frame for race engines above 300bhp
Riveted and welded aluminium construction
Aluminium body closures (bonnet/doors/trunk-lid)
Aluminium detachable hard top roof
21 louvre bonnet air intakes
Black powder-coated roll cage
Front brake cooling ducts integrated with bonnet structure
Exterior trim
Side bonnet-release handles
’Long range’ aluminium quick release fuel cap
Body colour cabin ventilation air intakes
Protective car cover (non-waterproof)
Centre bonnet catch
Oval door mirror upgrade
Interior Trim
Aluminium bucket seats with increased backrest angle and padded cushions
Rear-view mirror
Leather selection from Connolly palette
Wood-rimmed steering wheel
Aluminium gear knob and standard hand brake
Machined metal toggle and push button starter
Five-point seat belt
Black instrument panel with glove box
Bonnet and boot stands
Glass house
Clear laminated front screen
Perspex side windows and rear screen
Manual slide side windows
*Figures are manufacturer’s estimates, subject to change according to customer specification

Press Release #1

Jaguar is to build six perfect reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963. The new cars are the ‘missing’ six vehicles from the brand’s Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 ‘Special GT E-type Cars.’

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Only 12 of the aluminum bodied Lightweight E-type vehicles were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now.

The new cars will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar’s finest craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine.

The Lightweight carried approximately 114kg (250lb) less weight than a standard E-type, thanks to its all-aluminum body and engine block, a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work and a host of further weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows.

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Jaguar expects a high demand for the six Lightweight E-types. Established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest.


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